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Program Mission & Objectives

Program Mission & Objectives

The Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics is dedicated to preparing entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who are able to meet the challenges of the healthcare environment by providing person-centered care, evidence-informed practice delivered as an interprofessional team approach with cultural competence.

[ACEND Application Required Element 8.3b] 

Goal 1.  The MSAND program will prepare graduates to become competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.

Objective 1.1a. At least 80% of MSAND graduates will complete the program within 3 years (150% of time to planned completion)

Objective 1.1b. At least 80% of part-time MSAND graduates will complete the program within 5 years (150% of time to planned completion)

Objective 1.2. Over a five-year period, at least 80% of program graduates will take the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.

Objective 1.3. Over a five-year period, the program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.

 

Goal 2.  The MSAND program will prepare graduates with the skills necessary to effectively practice in nutrition-specific industries and businesses in private and public sectors designed to meet emerging healthcare needs.

Objective 2.1. At least 80% of employed MSAND graduates who respond to a survey will rate themselves as prepared or very well prepared (>3 on a 4-point scale) for their first dietetics-related position.

Objectives 2.2. Over a five-year period, of graduates who seek employment, at least 90 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation

Objective 2.3. Over a five-year period, at least 80% of employers responding to a survey will rate their satisfaction as satisfied or highly satisfied (>3 on a 4-point scale) with the preparation of program graduates for entry-level practice.

 

Goal 3.  The MSAND program will produce graduates who recognize the importance of ongoing professional development as a means to benefit and serve society.

 

Objective 3.1. Over a five-year period, at least 80% of program graduates who respond to an alumni survey will report being a member of a professional organization.

Objective 3.2. Over a five-year period, at least 90% of program graduates who respond to an alumni survey will report actively seeking current research findings for application in their practice.

Objective 3.3. Over a five-year period, at least 50% of program graduates who respond to an alumni survey will report actively seeking specialty certification in nutrition/dietetics or a related field.

 

* Program outcomes data are available upon request. [ACEND Application Required Element 8.3c]